Pittsburgh Pirates Vs. Cincinnati Reds GameDay, TV/Radio, Odds, And Weather


The Pittsburgh Pirates lift anchor and set sail on their 128th season in the National League today when they take the field against the Reds at 4:10 p.m. ET in Cincinnati.

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The Bucs finished the 2014 campaign in second place in the National League Central Division with a record of 88-74. The Reds concluded last season in fourth place in the NL Central with a record of 76-86. The last time these two longtime rivals hooked up was Sunday, Sept. 28 to close out the 2014 season in Cincy and the Reds won 4-1.

The crew of the Jolly Roger went 36-40 against the rest of the division in 2014 while Cincinnati went the opposite, 40-36, against their rivals in the NL Central. Last season, the Reds were 12-7 against Clint Hurdle’s squad, 6-3 at home and 6-4 at PNC Park.

In Spring Training, Cincinnati went 15-14 in the Cactus League while Pittsburgh put together a 15-13 mark in Grapefruit League competition.

When: Monday, April 6

First Pitch: 4:10 p.m. ET

Site: Great American Ball Park

Playing Surface: Natural Grass

Television Coverage: ROOT Sports Network

Radio Coverage: KDKA-FM 93.7 – The Fan

Announcers: Greg Brown, Tim Neverett, Bob Walk, Steve Blass and John Wehner

Live (Pay) Streaming: MLB.TV

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: XM Internet 861

Odds: Pirates +1.5 According To Bovada Online Sportsbook with the Over/Under at seven.

Weather Forecast: According to the Weather Channel, the forecast for Cincinnati is cloudy with occasional rain showers. High today of 66 – Low tonight of 57. Chance of rain is 50%.

Starting Pitchers: The Reds will send send 29-year-old Johnny Cueto to the mound this afternoon. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound right-hander went 20-9 last season with a 2.25 ERA and posted a 0.960 WHIP. The Dominican Republic native struck out 242.

Pittsburgh will counter with 31-year-old Francisco Liriano. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound left-hander put up a 7-10 record over the summer of 2014 with 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. The Dominican Republic native struck out 175 over 162.1 innings.

My Prediction: Pittsburgh opens the season with a 4-2 victory.

Up Next: Pittsburgh continues their three-game road trip to Cincinnati Wednesday, April 8 at the Great American Ball Park. The first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

The Reds will send right-hander Mike Leake to the mound, while the Bucs will counter with righty Gerrit Cole. The game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

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